Monday, 1 June 2015

Ketchikan, our last port of call in Alaska


We arrive in Ketchikan, named after the creek ( river) and famous for its Boardwalk and "red light district"  where both men and salmon swam upstream to spawn!  - Off the boardwalk, there is Married Man's Trail used by the men to make a quick getaway from the brothels to avoid a hefty fine! 



Charming little shops and delicious Salmon store... Ketchikan renowned for its wild salmon which spawn here.  We have fish (salmon) and chips for lunch...


We walk along the boardwalk - and now I know what a board walk is... Remember the song, "Under the board walk"?  Skiffs would come in at high tide and pass prohibition liquor under the pilings through trap doors to the sporting girls...


And come to Dolly's house... The original "red light district."  She worked by herself, and wouldn't close her business before earning close to 100$ a day, while most men were earning 5-10$... She charged 3$ a "trick" but most of her money was  made selling prohibition liquor at 50c a teaspoon..


A plaque to Dolly, one of the Creek's longest  "working" residents...


The house is filled with pictures of her.. She never married,  but had the same boyfriend for 26 years... I won't say where he was in the line...


The men's urinal....( no longer in use)


We join a group for a walk in the Tongass forest, beautiful...


Bald eagles, famous in this area.  


And then visit The Saxman Indian village, which has the worlds largest collection of totem poles.


Fascinating to hear a little of their history and beliefs ...the longer the open space is the more significant/ important the event or item.













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